"Back in Time" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Pop-rap single is OK for kids too young for MIB 3 movie.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

You have to go back in time to understand the future.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Pitbull shows his versatility as he voices the theme song to a very popular, mainstream movie franchise.


No violence in the song, but in the movie there are usually some aliens getting shot.


Says "I don't give a number two."


Promotes release of Men in Black III: Back in Time.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is from the soundtrack to the third installment of the Men in Black movie franchise. Sung by rapper Pitbull, the song is surprisingly clean (there is one line about "not giving a number two") and fun for kids who might be too young for the movie.  The song samples the popular Mickey and Sylvia duet "Love is Strange" from Dirty Dancing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymusic fan2.0 April 6, 2012

help or hurt

i perosnaly cant get enough of this super fun song but cant help but wonder will this help or hurt parents with younger kids who may love the song and the paren... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan June 29, 2018

Great song that should be fine for all ages

I think this is a great song that should be fine for all ages. Most Pitbull music is pretty graphic, but if you have a little kid who wants to listen to him, th... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 30, 2013


This Is A Very Good Song.The Video And The Song Are Cool And Clean.I Definitely Recommend It.

What's the story?

Latin rapper Pitbull sings the theme song to Men in Black III: Back in Time, aptly titled "BACK IN TIME." This is the first time Will Smith hasn't sung the theme song to the movies he helped make famous. The song is about going back in time to save the future.

Is it any good?

"In order to understand the future, we have to go back in time," sings Pitbull, and apparently he means all the way back to the '50s. The popular song "Love is Strange" (made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing), sung by the duo Mickey and Sylvia, is dubbed in much of the bass-heavy club mix. The retro sound and techno beats work surprisingly well, and it's sure to be a hit with Men in Black and rap fans alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that Will Smith is not singing the theme song to this movie when he did for the previous two. Why do you think that is? Do you think the movie producers could be trying to appeal to a different or wider audience?

  • Does it matter who sings the theme song to a movie? Why do you think the producers chose Pitbull?

  • Will singing a mainstream pop song help or hurt Pitbull's rap career and reputation?

Music details

  • Artist: Pitbull
  • Release date: March 26, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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